Jeanine Brand named new Beltrami County Judge

Gov. Tim Walz appointed Jeanine Brand as the next Beltrami County judge for the Ninth Judicial District.

According to a release, Brand is filling the vacancy left by Judge Paul T. Benshoof’s retirement last Friday.

Brand is currently an Assistant Cass County Attorney, where she primarily handles prosecution of sexual assault, domestic assault, child endangerment, protective order violations and controlled substance charges.

Brand has also served with the Clearwater County Attorney’s Office, the City of Bemidji’s Attorney’s Office and in the Clay County Attorney’s Office.

Brand received her B.A. from the College of St. Benedict and her J.D. from Hamline School of Law.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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